Tiergarten 4 Series.

In 1939 the democratically elected government of Germany began a nationwide program of killing its own mentally and physically disabled population, declaring them a burden to society.  It began as a forced sterilization program and developed into a childrens' euthanasia program, in which 5,000 children were murdered. Older disabled adults were later included.

The government obtained the names of all patients institutionalized for 5 years or more. The victims were transported to one of six euthanasia centres across the country and systematically gassed and cremated.  Over 200,000 innocent men, women and children were murdered.

Each of the six paintings in this series represents one of the killing centres as they exist today. (Tiergarten 4 was the address in Berlin of the central administration of the euthanasia program.)

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© 2016 by Harry Aizenberg

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